April Surgent started working with glass in 1997, in Seattle, WA. She studied at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, earning her BFA with honors, in 2004. April moved back to her hometown of Seattle in 2005 and set up a cold-glass studio with artist, Ethan Stern. Since 2003, April has taught, lectured and exhibited her works internationally. In 2009, she was awarded one of the two prestigious Neddy Fellowships, through the generosity of the Behnke foundation, along with the Urban Glass, New Talent award. In 2010, she had her first solo museum show, at the Bellevue Arts Museum, WA. She was recognized by her peers at the Tacoma Museum of Glass auction receiving the, ‘Artist’s Choice’ award, in 2011.
On her journey with glass she had the opportunity to study with Czech master engraver Jiri Harcuba, at Pilchuck glass school, in 2003. Harcuba introduced the technique of engraving to April, which has become the predominant method she uses to make her work. Harcuba became her mentor and in 2008, they started instructing a series of short courses together. A class at Corning Studio in the summer of 2012 will mark their last class teaching together. Their classes have centered on the idea that glass engraving can be contemporary art. Interested in the juxtaposition of using an, ‘endangered’ traditional craft to make contemporary art, her engraved work focuses on making permanent, archival records of contemporary life.
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